•   October 16-18, 2015   •   Burlington Sheraton Hotel, Burlington, VT   •

HQ Hotel & Event Venue - Address: 870 Williston Road, Burlington, VT 05403 •  Note: for GPS, enter "South Burlington"
Hosted by: Burlington, Vermont chapter - the "Green Mountain Chorus"
Contacts:  Dave Cole, NED DVP-Events  •  Antonio Lombardi, NED Event Registrar  • Kirk Young, NED DVP- Contest & Judging

Contest OOA (Order of Appearance)  &  Basic Information Detail for Quartets & Choruses
- - - -  N O W    P O S T E D    B E L O W- - - -



for NEDCON 2015

for the Fall Weekend Events.
Contestant deadline is
Sunday, Oct 11




Official C&J Entry Process
is now closed. Ended
Wednesday, Sept. 16

The "OOA" -
Official Order of Appearance






in Burlington, Vermont


UPDATED! Lodging, Food, Drink
13-page PDF List with Maps

Changes included in this version include adding area emergency information, better area highway descriptions,  reduced font size and margin reductions to make the file smaller, formatting corrections, etc. ~Charlie Church

Mission Possible:

We Sing.  We Serve. NEDCON 2015 Opportunities

Tentative Plan:

1.  We Sing.  Saturday, October 17 - rain or shine - a mass sing in the University Mall at 155 Dorset Street in So. Burlington.   Exact singing location within the Mall - TBD.  Time - approx. 1 hour before the start of the Saturday evening banquet.  Director - TBD

2.   We Serve.  Friday afternoon, October 16 from 1:00 to 5:00 PM.  Projects will be arranged/coordinated with the Volunteer Office of the local United Way Agency.   Projects will be determined as we get closer to October but will likely be indoors.  Please indicate YOUR interest on the Convention Registration form entry - we will directly contact those folks who express an interest on their Convention Registration.

Thank you!

NED Convention - BarberTots Room

There will be a special room available at the convention for parents to bring their young children.  This room will have a live video feed from the contest event itself and there will be toys and games for the children - only. 

This is intended for children from ages 6 months to 5 years.   It will be available during all of contests and during the NEDAC Show, and is very near to the contest venue (the Grand Ballroom.)  A parent MUST accompany his/her child(ren). 

No child can be left alone.  Please SIGN-UP your intentions to use the BarberTots Room, in advance.   No commitment necessary - we just need to know when and how many!  Thanks!

Venue & HQ Hotel Information

Sheraton Burlington Hotel and Conference Center
870 Williston Road
South Burlington, VT 05403


Tentative Schedule of Events 

Friday, October 16, 2015 - Sunday, October 18, 2015
Revised: 8/28/2015 (subject to change)

Contest Venue: Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center, Burlington, VT
Headquarters Hotel: Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center, Burlington, VT

Friday, October 16, 2015
1:00 PM 5:00 PM "We Serve" Opportunities Off-Site
1:00 PM 5:00 PM Quartet Semi-Finals (Session #1) Sheraton Emerald Ballroom
5:00 PM 6:00 PM Break for Dinner
6:00 PM 10:00 PM Quartet Semi-Finals (Session #2) Sheraton Emerald Ballroom
10:00 PM 10:30 PM Announcements Sheraton Emerald Ballroom
10:30 PM 12:00 AM Quartet Evaluations (Not Top 10) Sheraton Hotel
10:30 PM 12:00 AM Mini-Afterglow Sheraton Diamond Ballroom
Saturday, October 17, 2015
10:00 AM 12:00 PM Chorus Finals (Session #1) Sheraton Emerald Ballroom
12:00 PM 1:00 PM Break for Lunch
1:00 PM 3:30 PM Chorus Finals (Session #2) Sheraton Emerald Ballroom
3:30 PM 4:00 PM Announcements Sheraton Emerald Ballroom
4:00 PM 5:00 PM "We Sing" Opportunities Off-Site
4:00 PM 6:00 PM Chorus Evaluations (Non-Coaching) Sheraton Rooms
6:00 PM 7:30 PM NEDCON2015: Banquet Sheraton Atrium
7:30 PM 9:00 PM Quartet Finals Sheraton Emerald Ballroom
9:00 PM 10:00 PM Awards and Show of Champions Sheraton Emerald Ballroom
10:00 PM 12:00 AM Quartet Evaluations Sheraton Hotel
10:00 PM 3:00 AM President's Reception/Chorditorium Sheraton Emerald Ballroom
Sunday, October 18, 2015
10:00 AM 12:00 PM NEDCON2015: Boat Cruise Lake Champlain Boat Cruise
( * = approx. end time)

It's really ... "The NEDCON Most Awesome Barbershop Chorus"

Are you planning on attending NEDCON 2015 in Burlington, VT and your chorus is not competing?  Would you like to appear on the contest stage and perform under an enthusiastic, experienced and talented director?  If you answer yes to these questions, then have I got the opportunity for you!  Why not come and sing with what could be the largest chorus in the NED Chorus Contest, The NEDCON Most Awesome Barbershop Chorus?

Participation is open to anyone attending NEDCON, whether you’re singing in another chorus or not and requires you attend a single rehearsal on the contest stage at 9:00 AM, Saturday morning and know the songs “Wait ‘Till the Sunshines, Nellie” and “Honey, Lil’ Lize Medley” two songs which I think every barbershopper knows.  I’m pleased and excited to announce that our director for, The NEDCON Most Awesome Barbershop Chorus is our very own, Brian O’Leary.

I’m sure that Brian is known to many throughout the district, but did you know he’s a 55 year member of the Society?  He has held many leadership positions and continues to do so at both the chapter, district and Society level.  He has served the judging community as both a Presentation Judge and a Contest Administrator for over 29 years.  He also sang with Imagine That, a NED Seniors District Quartet Champion.  He also has wealth of directing experience having directed choruses from the Greater Lawrence, Concord, MA, Beverly and Providence Chapters.  I’m honored that Brian has taken on this task and I’m sure he’ll do a great job, but he needs your help.

We need all the Joe Barbershoppers and Jane Barbershoppers to come and participate. Please!

This is your chance to sing with a large chorus and to provide a great service to the district by serving as the mic tester chorus for the District Chorus Contest.   Wouldn’t it be great to put 100 + men and women, under Brian’s direction?   That’s right, I did say women too.   There’s no reason why not, as long as they know the songs.  It promises to be one the highlights of the weekend!

ADVERTISE in the printed


<< Select the image at right for more information

This is a GREAT opportunity for you and your chapter, chorus, quartet, business and any other service - to reach the Barbershop Harmony community.  This could be our biggest program ever - and will be read and used by more fellow singers and attendees than ever before!

Show your stuff!  Offer your services! Tell us about your plans - shows, performances, accomplishments, awards!

PRICES remain unchanged!  For as little as $40 - you can place a quarter-page display ad for all to see!

Full-page, half-page sizes and full-page covers are available, too!  Also, simple message "line-listings" are available!  Send a message to your performing friends! Show YOUR SUPPORT! Wish folks well.  Announce a party!

Interested?  Got questions?  The 2-page PDF form available has everything you need.  Download today.

Act soon, though!
DEADLINE EXTENDED for submissions. Contact now:

Contact STEVE SALAMIN with any questions!   ---- Thank you for your consideration and support!

Looking for the "Best Seat In The House" in Burlington?

It can be BETTER than front row!

The Harmony Foundation and the Contest & Judging program are teaming up to auction off a single seat at each & every contest session, including Division, District, Prelims, Mid-Winter and International. So if you’ve ever wanted to test out your judging chops, you can bid on a seat in the Judge’s pit at our NED Contest and be a ‘Judge for a Day’!



Contestant Information

Contest Judging Panel  - posted 8/16 - v.1

  PANEL POSITION JUDGE / Administrator &
  Contest Administrator Warren Fuson - NSC Raleigh, NC  
  Assistant Contest Admin. Randi Rensi - SWD Houston, TX  
  MUSIC Steve Johnson - LOL  Menomonee Falls, WI  
    Adam Porter - MAD Red Bank, NJ  
    Steve Tramack  - NED Nashua, NH  
  PRESENTATION Dave Fobart - DIX Crayson, GA  
    Steve Janes - SUN New Port Richey, FL  
    Judd Orff - LOL Stillwater, MN  
  SINGING Dale Comer - NSC Greenville, SC  
    Jim Emery - LOL Minneapolis , MN  
    Renee Tramack - NED Nashua, NH  

Music -  Judges in this category adjudicate the musical elements in the performance: melody, harmony, range, and tessitura; tempo and rhythm and meter; construction and form; and embellishments. They judge the extent to which the musical performance displays the hallmarks of the barbershop style, and the degree to which the musical performance demonstrates an artistic sensitivity to the music’s primary theme.

Presentation  -  These judges evaluate how effectively a performer brings the song to life. They respond to both the visual and vocal aspects of the presentation, and evaluate the interaction of these aspects in creating the image of the song, as well as everything about the performance that contributes to emotional impact upon the audience.

Singing  -  Judges in this category evaluate the degree to which the performer achieves artistic singing in the barbershop style: the production of vibrant, rich, resonant, technically accurate, and highly skilled sound, created both by the individual singer’s use of good vocal techniques, and by the ensemble’s process of tuning, balancing, unity of sound, and precision. They listen for a sense of precise intonation, a feeling of fullness or expansion of sound, a perception of a high degree of vocal skill, a high level of unity and consistency throughout the performance, and a freedom from apparent effort that allows the full communication of the lyric and song.

Each judge may award up to 100 points per song.

Contest Order of Appearance (OOA):

QUARTET Order of Appearance (Friday 10/16)

(2 sessions)
Semifinals, Friday afternoon (1:00 PM start)
OOA Competitor Arrival Time
1 Quadratic 12:38 PM
2 Heart’s Accord 12:46 PM
3 Fiddleheads 12:54 PM
4 Gameday 1:02 PM
5 Junction One Three Five 1:10 PM
6 Late Bloomers 1:18 PM
7 Porch Time 1:26 PM
8 Trade Secret 1:42 PM
9 StraightShot 1:50 PM
10 Sector 10 1:58 PM
11 This Qualified 2:06 PM
12 Bullseye 2:14 PM
13 ChordPlay 2:22 PM
15 FIREAWAY! 2:46 PM
16 Port City Sound 2:54 PM
17 SUREFIRE! 3:02 PM
18 Sound Policy 3:10 PM
19 Lazy River Four 3:18 PM
20 Off The Chart 3:26 PM
Semifinals, Friday evening (6:00 PM start)
OOA Competitor Arrival Time
21 Inside Track 5:38 PM
22 Curtain Call 5:46 PM
23 Dover Boys 5:54 PM
24 Back Bay Four 6:02 PM
25 Pickup Stix 6:10 PM
26 Exchange Street 6:18 PM
27 Right Mix 6:26 PM
28 Kismet 6:42 PM
29 Why Not Us? 6:50 PM
30 The Essex County 4 6:58 PM
32 Clef Hangers of Hanover 7:14 PM
33 GS4 7:22 PM
34 New England Chord Company 7:30 PM
35 Fireside 7:46 PM
36 Travelling Men 7:54 PM
37 Primrose Lane 8:02 PM
38 On Air 8:10 PM
39 Fast Track 8:18 PM
CHORUS Order of Appearance (Saturday 10/17)
OOA Competitor Arrival Time
MT Joe Barbershop n/a
1 Worcester, MA 9:10 AM
2 Danbury, CT 9:20 AM
3 Manchester, CT 9:30 AM
4 Pittsfield, MA 9:40 AM
5 Poughkeepsie, NY 9:50 AM
6 Providence, RI 10:08 AM
7 Lowell, MA 10:18 AM
8 Keene, NH 10:28 AM
9 Concord, MA 10:38 AM
10 Beverly, MA 10:48 AM
11 Saratoga Springs, NY 12:00 PM
12 Concord, NH 12:10 PM
13 Greater Montreal, QC 12:20 PM
14 Central, CT 12:30 PM
15 Portland, ME 12:40 PM
16 South Shore, QC 12:58 PM
17 Nashua, NH 1:08 PM
18 Natick, MA 1:18 PM
19 Schenectady, NY 1:28 PM
20 Hanover, NH 1:38 PM
21 Burlington, VT 1:48 PM



After the Saturday Quartet Finals Contest...

PLEASE JOIN US for an official NED President's Reception and "Chorditorium" Afterglow...

When: Saturday, October 17, 2015 | After Contest Announcements
Who:  All participants of NEDCON2015 are invited! 
Where:   Sheraton Emerald Ballroom (same place as the contest)

All are welcome!  Sign-up to perform, at the weekend REGISTRATION desk! 

We'd LOVE to have you perform!  Quartet or Chorus!

Hospitality Suites:

Note: If you or your quartet/chorus is hosting a public or private "Hospitality" Suite/event at the same time, we'd love to have you join us, too!  Please let us know when and where YOUR Hospitality Suite is being held by emailing registrar@nedistrict.org